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    September 16, 2010
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off of sex crimes? >> i think it is very difficult to shut down every site on the internet. if shutdown one, there'll be another one. however, i truly agreed with the cheap here saying if we are born to hear -- have the sites, let's do an investigation properly. if we are giving them the information, giving them the website, how to contact them, let's do an investigation of of that. one or service providers collecting all this information, giving it to the police? we basically help create these cases, find out information, collecting all the data that the police need to make sure they actually prosecute and do what they are supposed to, and not hold children on a material witness warrants in jail. i'll be honest and tell you
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this. it is difficult for the police. they don't have the funding and resources, but it should not be an excuse. >> of taking it to the next level of exposure nationally, where peoe realize this is a crime against humanity. the resource question, to help the chief build cases, and the point about the child or the person is not the victim. i suspect you say it would be good to make the perpetrator very uncomfortable, and that society would almost extinguished it be incredible for someone to act on that behavior. >>e mention of these cases where traffickers have gotten really high sentences around the country. and unless they have done it, in minneapolis they have done it. you did not hear one time about the crinals who abused the child, who bought sex from the
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child coming getting any time at all. it was not mentioned in any of these cases whatsoever. not one time were they actually went after the man who raped a child. so we really need to -- i think we have a misconception that the men are men who have a littleit of money -- maybe we get afraid of who they are and don't want to shed light on them. >> we are wrong to have another round. >> let me just thank the chairman -- we are going to have another round. >> thank you all for your testimony. >> i have a couple of extra questions. mr. powell, it was on the news thother day, the report about you taking down the site. you mentioned something about the international side might not have been taken down. can you tell me what you are
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talking aut? >> there are remaining erotic services categories in sites outside of the united states, including canada. ms. mcdougal might be able to speak more effectively to that. there are a number of issues country by country, as well as legal issues for that. i can tell you that something along the order of 97% of our viewers in use is within the united states and canada. >> can a united states person access aoreign craigslist site? >> anyone anywhere can access the craigslist site anywhere. >> so what is the significance of taking down the site in the united states? >> the site in the u.s. was set up as part of an arrangement with a series of attorneys general last year.
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i think the intent was to do a number of things, capture credit-card intermission, captor phone information. we decided on september 3 to remove that category, and again have no intention of restoring it. >> if i am in washington d.c., accessing the canadian side, can i advertise services that would be available in washington, d.c on the canadian side? >> yes, you could, but there were be simply no value whatsoever, because the individuals who view the site in montreal are living in montreal. >> how about someone in washington d.c. viewing the canadian site? >> i am not sure i understand. bixby said you could access any site from anywhere. if i am in washington d.c., accessing the canadian side, can i see that at posted their by someone offering services in
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washington d.c.? >> yes, you can, if you are in washington d.c., can you see the site in montreal? yes. >> can i posed services that would be available in washington d.c. on the montreal side? >> yes,ut the utility is virtually zero, because the traffic that use the web pages for montreal or seattle or miami or local populations, so if i were to place an ad in washington d.c. for something that i was selling or a job or a services at in another city, there would be no value whatsoever, because nobody near me is a patron of that. >> how long would it take people to figure out that the site they are looking at is the canadian side? >> that i cannot answer, but i can tell you from my impression of what has been happening over
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the past 10 days is that the people who are creating these s, who had previously used the adult services assets, have decided that there is no value in using craigslist anymore, so they are moving to other sites. >> indicated this is so prevalent, it the ads are there for everyone to notice, why are you not stinging people right and left, but the people putting on ads and the people responding to such ads? >> there are a number of things going on in various cities around the country, utilizing the various web sites that are advertising this behavior. quite frankly, the problem is th law enforcement resources -- to have fractional impact on it, it would draw upon nearly evy resource in nearly every department in order to do it. is that large.
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when it really comes down to it, mr. chairman, craigslist is really one of many. to their credit, not nearly the worst, when it comes down to this problem. >> if you went on those sting operations, you would be kedging people right and lt. >> sooner or later they catch on to us. >> there oughto be some risk in posting such an ad. >> absolutely, but the risk is not there now, sir. >> that is because there is no one stinging people. the police officers are not responding to that adds, setting up meetings. >> tre are some. philadelphia police just did a stain targeting craigslist users. a florida share of just did a staying. clearly, one of the messages from a lot of these ads is they
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have ceased to be subtle. they are blatant and overt. on that bis, i think are reasonable case can be made that there is knowing an intentional selling of services via the internet. i think there could possibly be criminal jurisdiction, even under the communications decency act. >> if the ad is there, what can we create some risk in even posting the ad by having the police respond to the ads and vigor and now you posted it, and catching them and prosecuting them? >> i think is happening, just not widely enough. >> is a matter of resources? >> mr. chairman, i believe we
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have a decent record of success. i would call it an excellent record of success since 2003 with our innocence lost national initiative. we have prosecuted more than 600 offenders at the state and local level and recovered more than 1100 children. while i would agree with mr. allen, -- >> the on order magnitude that is about 1 per congressional district. this is something that is widespread and notorious. you ought to be catching people in every city and town. >> as we concede and the national strategy, a child exportation is at epidemic levels. it is one of the reasons we have recommit ourselves to this fight against child exploitation. we have launched a national
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strategy working group and are working with partners to develop ideas. >> if you decided to set up a sting, how long would it take to catch somebody? >> quite frankly, it does not take very long in terms of - well, long is relative. it would take less than half an hour for someone to hit on the intere being put out before them, but it may take several hours to make contact and be able to bring that person to justice. so for one person, it could be a day long operation to bring one person down. they hit on these -- >> if you went on the , you are talking about one person, one police officer, by the end of the year that is 300. >> in theory that is possible, but it takes more than one
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police officer tdo it. the resources would on average drained most police departments focusing on this alone. >> once you start going after people, presumably you would have less of a problem because people would feel there is some risk involved. what services to the victims need, and how much do these services cost? >> that is a very important question. the mission and all these raids, i would like to say how many receive different services, how many are still receiving a victim services. i will have to go with the chief as well and say that when you do these rates, you need services. this is not something you need two years or six months until the case is over.
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there are small amounts of housing. indeed outreach, a hot line, 24-hour care. for these victims, it is not 9 to 5. how many recei services? how many were not detained for their own safety? >> what kind of services are needed, and how much they cost? >> to run a group home is $600,000 a year. for a month of service is not in a group home, would be about $5,000 a month for one child. that includes all services. >> that is part of a problem in that the radical aspect of a single operation to bring in one person.
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there is not a place to put the victims, they will go back into the system. there has to be a collaborative effort. >> did you ever get forfeiture? how successful are you in getting that? >> >> it cannot get houses and cars? >> these perpetrators are so kilt -- so skilled at growing american -- it squirreling away money, it takes years. >> we have been working with the national conference of state legislatures. a number of them have been enacting laws providing for asset forfeiture, restitution,
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and in a lot of these cases, the criminal penalties are not very high. they are making it painful for the customers in these cases. i think there is enormous benefit in exploring techniques, and i think it will also create deterrence and attack the demand side by making it hard for these guys, even if it is only financial. they can help pay for the necessary treatment and the necessary follow-up that these victims need. >> what preventive services, prevention initiatives can we pursue that will reduce the chances that young children will get involved in this? . .
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>> criminalize them as adolescences that instead of looking at gaps in systems. >> i wonder _ two points. what we have found is that those who are responsible for the care and protection of children are now working together. if we could house and care young women, it would take less for that young woman to be held in juvenile detention. >> thank you. it seems to me that we might be
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able to figure out a way that the solicitation itself with the intent to induce a minor child under the mann act - you wouldn't have to actually reduce them, it would be content and that would make it a federal offense. we wouldn't -- we might need to work on something we already have under the mann act to make the news with a crime without going for the entire process that takes a lot of work. through an entire process. we have several issues. we have an issue where we as a culture have to realize that these young ladies these young ladies are victims and not criminals. we have to make sure these young
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victims will be treated as a victim so that they do not lose hope when they are in a situation where they feel like even if they could tell someone, they might feel like they are treated like a criminal. we have to remove that stigma and they understand as a culture that we will treat them as crime victims per down the road, we have to have a lot of resources. not a whole lot has been done because it will cost a lot of money to rescue these people that are in this situation and take care of them. situations. we want to do something to make the situation better not worse. the criminals know that they will not be able to get away with this. we will do everything we can to put them out of business and make them pay. they will go out of business
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because the penalty is too great. thank you, i yield back. >> we needed that this is not a victimless crime and that the rich or comparable people that are engaging in this spot are doing harm. this is not harmless. it seems to me that throughout our history that says crimes have been viewed as just harmless or this is the victim's
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fault or their parents gave them away so they can be utilized. it is crucial that we raise the ante on the heinous this of this crime. no one will get away. this is about one child per congressional district.
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what would be the cost on the law enforcement side and outside of the federal side? >> we would like to be able to give you an exact figure but i agree that an example needs to be made. if we get out there and starts singing them, the word will get out. >> if you had more money would you be able to make a dent? >> well, ere is the effort to try to make a difference. >> that is the population would be covering? >> for this particular region, the multi county corp. that we currently have in this, we have
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population areas in excess of 10 million people. >> i will not hold you to that but this probably works if there is penn collaboration. one could make the argument that we would leverage the money. >> that is very important. we stretch into a minimum of the half dozen that are on board that are part of the strategic clever to if message. >> there are child's victims,
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would this be helpful in that case? >> yes, it would be helpful. >> you said 90% of the innovation -- utilization is canada and the united states. we do not to diminish but this is certainly smaller than 97. this means that candidate is a big player. >> the challenge and the disagreement that i have with you is that we are in a fluid and fairly mobile society. i disagree that it is in canada
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with no restrictions poses a an insignificant problem. i will ask the question for you take back to the orders and the leadership and certainly the idea of cooperation, treaty issues, they are a sovereign nation. the fact that craigslist has these adult services in canada, it seems that i get on it and i am able to read this. as i am able to read this, i move around. i'll ask you to find out logistics' of how this relates to the issue in canada. i will ask something that you're not going to be able to answer
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which is they should shut down in cnada. what i would say is that this seems like an easy reach for someone in the united states for someone to take advantage of. it looks like he would like to say how something. >> as i indicated, there are some legal issues. >> we have been meetingn canada. the officers that are leading the exploitation endeavors. at this point, they have different nsiderations, they are a sovereign nation. they don't believe that it is appropriate for the u.s. policy to dictate what this should be but we are actively engaged in
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those discussions with canada. >> let me finish on this note. the have a contract between craigslist and the canadian government? >> know. >> hugh you are a private business. my understanding is that a private business sells what they want to sell. i don't understand the legal oversight that canada has to tell a private business that i will not provideou because we have heard that you will go to other sites. i am not willing to have this linetem, what it is in jeopardy as it relates to canadian government has and how long. >> even in the u.s. there is not a contract between craigslist
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and the government and the -- >> you pulled this down on your own. why can't you take it off to get it up? >> my point with canada is that this needs to be a decision with the canadian authorities on whther or not to do this. we're working actively to address their concerns but so far the u.s. has told ushat they wanted it shut down. if canada would like a different solution, we need to respect that. >> let me say that i disagree with you. if gm decides not to sell their most profitable vehicles in canada because they would like
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to this to be only four americans, they make a business decision that they want to keep whatever it is here to sell. >> this is a business judgment that the company makes. the government would ask why you a doing this and mike made someind of lead or statement whether it is positive. i don't see the int of negotiating. >> a lot of as is the group's think that taking down adult services was the wrong thing to do. it gives no where for legitimate adult services to has a form. many at the ad is the group's steel it is much more difficult.
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-- feel it is much more difficult. >> it has not gone ahead and happened in canada because canada has not said that they think this is the answer. >> let me conude that we will agree to disagree. law enforcement has said that this test generated an opportunity for them to press for the victims and then find the perprators. i would say that with the chief we might give him other resources to find these perpetrators and not proliferate sites and other places. i think that this is probably a
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problem. maybe i am misreading what adult services are. i do sink fed -- thank you for their opportunity and i ha gleaned from the testimony and statements madey all of these individuals that we have work to do. if we have any sensitivity about taking it to the highest level and yielding nothing, we need to simply look at the child that has been the continuing fit them for the eons of our civilization going beyond the boundaries of the united states. i would think it would be time to say enough is enough. i yield back to the chairmen. >> in an area of about 10 million people, to million dollars would make a substantial difference.
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for 300 million would cover the country. thiss a broad brush and there is no specific plan involved but if that is the order of magnitude we are talking about, the cheesehould come together and get a plan. is there anything in the report to congress that suggests how where additional funding for enforcement might go? >> that is one of the things that we are working non. we have asked all of our federal, state, and local partners a variety of federal agencies and our state al local task force commanders. we have asked that crew to come
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up with recommendations to make to the policymakers and we are engaged in those. >> you will have a response to this challenge and they can make a substantial difference. >> i will avoid funding to the challenge. what i can say is that i can say that it is right that working together is important. money is important when it comes tohese kinds of changes. more important is the will to do something about it. the public attention that is being paid to this issue and their relationships that we have been working hard on which are important. >> i would like to thank the witnesses for their testimony. we will forward the written questions to you.
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a report to congress will be included in the record and the record remains open for one week for the addition of materials. i would like to thank each and every one of our witnesses. the members gave excellent testimonies. we can do a lot more, we need to focus our minds. this is within the order of magnitude in terms of resources needed, something we should be able to respond to. without objection, the coittee stands adjourned. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cae satellite corp. 2010]
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>> today on [captioning performed by national captioning institute] "washington journal"begins live at 7:00 a.m. on eastern. >> warren brown writes the weekly core column for the washington post. >> it is justifiable to have an argument that we would have not have a black middle-class had we not add general motors, ford, and chrysler. >> he supports the government bailout of the order -- automobile industry and he will talk about his life and what is said for carmakers q &a. >> for anyone considering to go
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on public service, do you have a vision, a positive vision for the direction the country should have. , the you have specific ideas and experiences that chicken and let them get it done? >> outgoing minnesota governor tim pawlenty on a possible presidential run and his eight years as governor, seat sunday on c-span. >> president obama spoke last night at an awards ceremony in washington held by the congressional hispanic caucus institute. he spoke about immigration policy and urged hispanic voters to support democrats running for congress. this is about half an hour. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much. thank you, everybody. thank you so much. please, please have a seat. thank you.
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thank you so much. thank you very much. thank you to senator menendez and the chairwoman of the congressional hispanic caucus, congresswoman the last was -- velasques. please give them a huge round of applause. [applause] thank you to the congressional hispanic caucus institute for inviting us this evening. michelle and i are thrilled to be here with so many friends to kickoff hispanic heritage month. i want to acknowledge a few people before i begin my remarks. first, somebody who i believe will go down in history as one of the greatest speakers of the house of all time, nancy pelosi
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is here. [applause] two of our outstanding caput secretaries are in the house, secretary of the interior ken salazar [applause] and our wonderful secretary of labor, hilda solis. [applause] i want to pick our mistress of andemonies soledad o'brien congratulate eva longoria parker, and arturo sandoval on your well-deserved awards this evening. i love you back. [applause] i want to thank all the members of congress, the local elected
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officials, the chci alumni and everyone who works day in and day out to advance the hispanic community and america as a whole. i also want to acknowledge and thank all of the outstanding latino leaders serving across my administration because i am proud that the number of latinos i have nominated for senate confirmed positions at this point far exceed any administration in history. [applause] and i am especially proud that a whole bunch of them are latina. [applause] as i have said before, one of my proudest moments of my presidency was the day just as sonia sotomayor swore an oath
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[applause] and ascended to our nation's highest court and it sparked nutrients for countless young girls all across america. -- and sparked new dreams. i join you here two years ago as a candidate for this office. we spoke than about how after years -- of the failed policies in washington, after decades of putting off the toughest challenges, we had finally reached the the tipping point, a point where the fundamental promise of america was a risk. we talked about how these challenges impacted the latino community, but also about how they are bigger than any one community. i said then that if a young child is stock and overcrowded
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and underperforming schools, it does not matter if she is black or white or latino, she is our child. [applause] we have a responsibility to her. if millions of latinos and up in the emergency room because they don't have health care, that is not just a problem for one community. that is a problem for all of america. [applause] when millions of emigrants to oil and the shadows of our society, that is not just to let a problem, that is an american problem. we have to solve it. [applause] dr. king spoke to cesar chavez those many years ago. he said our separate struggles are really one. that trip became painfully clear when less than one week after i had appeared before the chc, some of the biggest wall street
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firms collapsed and the bottom fell out of our economy. millions of families across america were plunged into the deepest recession of our lifetimes. the latino community that had been hard hit before the recession was hit even harder. when i took office, i insisted that we could only rebuild our economy if we start growing the economy for all of our people, not just some of our people. [applause] if we provided economic security for all of our working families, all across america. we had to renew the fundamental idea that everybody in america, everybody in america has a chance to make it a try. , no matter who they try, no matter what they look like, no matter where they come from, or where they were born. that is the idea.
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the chance to make of our lives what we want and i know that many of you are thinking tonight about a task that is central to that idea and that is our fight to pass comprehensive immigration reform. [applause] and know that many of you campaigned hard for me. understandably, you are frustrated that we have not been able to move this over the finish line yet. i am, too. let me be clear -- i will not walk away from this fight. my commitment is getting this done as soon as weekend. -- as soon as we can. we cannot keep kicking this challenge down the road. there is no doubt that the
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debate over how to fix all of this has been a fractured and sometimes painful one in this country. let's face it, there are some who seek political advantage in the distorting the facts and dividing our people. we have seen it before. some take advantage of the economic anxiety the people are feeling, the fear of those who look or think or worship differently than passions between us and then. i have news for those people -- it won't work. there is no us and them. in this country, there is only us. there is no latino america or black america or white america or asia and america, there is only the united states of america, all of us. [applause] all of us joined together.
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indivisible. if we appeal to the american people's hopes over their fears, we will get this done. we already know what this reform looks like. a few years ago, when i was a senator, we build a bipartisan coalition around a basic primer under the leadership of senator kennedy and senator mccain and president bush. wheat rallied with leaders from the business community, the later community, the religious community. many of you were there. the bill we forged was not perfect. it was not what any one person might think was optimal but because people were willing to compromise, we came up with a common-sense comprehensive reform that was so far from a false debate, the notion that
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somehow on the one hand there is mass deportation. that was not what we were talking about. the american people were ready to embrace a common-sense solution and we passed that bill through the united states senate. since that effort fell apart, we have saved housebroken and bitter and divisive our policies have become. the folks who yelled loudest about the federal government's long failure to fix this problem are some of the same folks standing in the way of good faith efforts to fix it. [applause] under the pressures of partisanship and election-year politics, most of the 11 republican senators who voted for that reform just four years ago have backed far away from
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that vote today. that is why states like arizona have taken matters into their own hands. my administration has challenged that state's law, not just because it risks the harassment of citizens and legal immiants [applause] it interferes with federal immigration enforcement. it makes it more difficult for local law enforcement to do its job. it strains state and local budgets. if other states follow suit, we will have an unproductive and unworkable patchwork of laws across the country. we need an immigration policy that works, a policy that meets the needs of families and businesses while honoring our position as a nation of immigrants and a nation of law. we needed for the sake of our
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economy. we need for security, and we needed for our future. it may not be the easy thing to do politically. it is easier to grandstand. i did not run for president to do what is easy. i ran to do what is hard. i ran to do what is right. and when i think something is the right thing to do, even my critics have to admit i am pretty persistent. i will not let it go. bacon, a lot of things but they know i do not give up. [applause] -- they can call me a lot of things but they know i do not give a. [applause] the senate will have a chance to do the right thing over the next few weeks when senator reed brings the dream act to the floor. [applause] keep in mind that in the past, this was a bill that was supported by a majority of
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democrats and republicans. there is no reason why it shouldn't receive that same kind of bipartisan support today. i have been a supporter since i was in the senate and i will do whatever it takes to support the congressional hispanic caucus' ever to pass this bill so i decided into bill on behalf of students seeking a college education and those who wish to serve in our country's uniform. this is the right thing to do. we should get it done. [applause] i want to be straight with you -- to make real progress on these or any issues, we have got to break the republican leadership blockade. let's click be clear about this -- without the kind of bipartisan effort we had a shoot
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few short years ago, we cannot get these reforms across the finish line. their leadership as may reach six -- reaching 60 votes the norm for nearly everything the senate has to do. the american people's business is on hold because simply put, the other party's platform has been no. for example, consider the public servants i have nominated to carry out the people's business. most of them have been supported widely and approved unanimously by senate committees. they have been held up for months by the republican leadership. we cannot even get an up or down vote on their confirmation. i nominated a man that you all know well, i did salazar. to be the ambassador to the
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dominican republic. [applause] he is right here. he has been waiting for 10 months to be the ambassador to the dominican republic. right now, there are 21 judges who have been held up four months while their court has sent -- sat empty. three of them are outstanding latinos like judge albert diaz. he has been waiting for 10 months. this is a widely respected state court judge, military judge, and marine corps attorney. he was approved unanimously by the judiciary committee. just last month, the senate republican leader objected to a vote on his confirmation yet again. when he was asked why, he admitted it was simply partisan payback. partisan payback. we cannot afford the kind game-
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playing right now. we need serious leaders for serious times. that is the kind of leadership this moment demands. that is what we need right now. when i get out of this town and meeting with people and talking to folks, nobody is asking me which party is scoring more points. nobody is saying not to worry about us. i want you to do what is best for november. they are interested in how they will find a job when they have only known one trade their whole life. how will they put their kids through school? how will they pay the bills if they get sick? how will the retire when their savings have plunged after this financial crisis? they are the folks we are here for. they are the folks we are fighting for. that is why we passed wall street reform for every wall --
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hard work and family who is tired of taking an -- of being taken advantage of every time they open their credit card bill or mortgage payment or tried to send a payment to help their parents or families of brought. that is why we're reforming america's schools of all our children have a chance to learn the skills they need for today's economy. we eliminated tens of billions of dollars in wasteful subsidies to big banks that provide student loans and we are taking that money to make college affordable for millions of students including more than 100,000 latino students. that is what they chc did. that is what this administration did. [applause] that is why we passed health insurance reform. it is for americans who are sick of being gouged by insurance companies that jack up rates. they are not covered because you have a pre-existing condition. now millions of americans with
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insurance can get free preventive care. now 9 million latinos and tens of millions of americans will be able to afford quality health care for the first time. [applause] that is why we cut taxes for small business owners and 95% of working americans. >> [speaking spanish] >> thank you. we are cutting taxes for companies that put our people to work at home. instead of tax breaks for the wealthiest americans who won't need them, we are fighting to cut taxes for you, middle-class folks across the country. that is what we are about. that is what we are fighting for. [applause] when it comes to just about everything we try to do, almost every republican in congress has folded their arms and said comen
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coo." ,"no." they are thinking about the next election and said of the next generation, trying to score political points instead of solving problems. they said no to help for small businesses, no to middle-class tax cuts, no to make college affordable, note to comprehensive immigration reform. their platform apparently is no. is that a bumper sticker you want your car? [no] [laughter] in fact, the chairman of their campaign committee says if the takeover, they would go back to the exact same agenda. they had when they were in power. they are saying they will appeal wall street reform, they will try to repeal health insurance
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reform, they will give the special interests a pan and let them write the rules again. right now, because of the republican blockade, the special interests, even for corporations can spend tens of millions of dollars on campaign ads without even having to disclose who they are. you have seen some of these ads. they call themselves americans for apple pie or mom's for motherhood. and then they use their voice to drive out yours. to let wall street's write rules to take advantage of main street and write rules to drop box from health insurance whenever they please, to go back to that exact same agenda. let me tell you something, that agenda did not work out so well for the latino community, it did not work out for anybody here in america, it is not going to solve the challenges we face. we cannot go backwards.
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we have to go forward. let me say this -- not the just the folks who are in this room, but the latino community across the country, you have every right to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on the democrats. i hope you do. that is how our political process works. [applause] but, do not forget who is standing with you and who stand against you. [applause] do not ever believe that this election coming up does not matter. do not forget who secured health care for four million children including the children of legal immigrants. do not forget who won an pell grants for more than one of the thousand latino students. do not forget who fought for credit card fraud.
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do not forget who cut taxes for working families. do not forget who your friends are. do not forget. there is so much work to be done, we have to move fourth, we have to move toward on jobs, and the economy, and immigration reform and all the unfinished business of our time. these are serious times. they require serious leaders and serious citizens and your voice matters. your voice can make the difference. let me close by saying says -- and long before america was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many people's, to british and french, dutch and
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spanish, to mexican and [applause] countless indian tribes. we all shared the same land. we did not always get along, but over the centuries, what eventually bound us together, what made us all americans was not a matter of blood. it was not a matter of birth. it was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. we hold these truths to be self- evident that all men are created equal. endowed with certain inalienable rights, life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that is what makes us unique. that is what makes us strong. the ability to recognize our common humanity, to remember
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that in our country, quality -- equality and opportunity are not just words on a piece of paper. they're much of ford's about the politicians. their promises to be kept. that is our calling now. , to keep those promises for the next generation no matter which way the political wind shifts. i will stand with you for that better future. and if you stand with me and if we remember that fundamental truth that divided we fall but united we are strong and out of money we are one, you and i will finish what we have started. we will make sure that america forever remains an idea in a place that is big enough and bold enough and brave enough to accommodate the dreams of all of our children and all our peop, four years to come. thank you and god bless god bless the united states of america. thank you.
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